My 2011 MBP is faster?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kylepro88, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. kylepro88 macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2006
    I bought a MacPro 2.66 (2x dual-core) a ways back and it's served me faithfully since I got it. Best machine I've ever had, hands down. It has 13GB RAM, 3TB of storage, and I replaced the video card inside with an ATI 4870 512MB which has been very nice (except for snow issues in FCP's viewer and QT which nobody has ever been able to figure out).

    I recently got a 2011 MBP, 17in, 2.2ghz, etc. which is a screaming machine for the portability. I do most of my work on it now having almost ditched my tower. It just sits there sad, lol. However I do video work half the time, and sometimes this MBP is great, but when it comes to rendering especially and things of that sort it's definitely fast, but I just don't like pushing the thing so hard...makes me nervous (should I be?). It's meant to be a mobile powerhouse, but the MacPros show their real strengths on those tough rendering situations and things of the sort.

    I initially switched because I was feeling like my new MBP was way faster than my current old MP based on benchmarks and general usability. That and the snow issues in FCP and QT drove me away...was never able to figure that out.

    The greatest issue is how my MBP isn't capable of things like sending my edits to an external monitor like my MP can. I have a card in my MP that lets me easily export to my TV, and Production Monitor. External solutions for this stuff on my MBP are cumbersome at best, and as I said sometimes the heavy lifting seems a bit much for my and new or not.

    Any general comments in this arena? Is my MBP really the better option right now with my old MP maybe good for just whatever else or late night renders while I'm asleep or something like that? I've thought about getting a new MP sometime soon that would smoke this MBP and just sticking to that for most of the powerhouse work, but maybe that's unnecessary right now?

    Thanks for any advice. :)
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    The 2011 MBP has more processing power then the 2006 Mac Pro.
    (Mac Pro will win in GPU power if you drop in a new gpu like the 6870).
    but yeah, such is life.
  3. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    I've pushed my MacBook Pro real hard. It's a 2008 Core 2 Duo.

    I've been using FCP and Lightroom for years now, and I definitely get those fans going.

    I should mention that I have had the logic board replaced once... whether it is related, I couldn't tell you.

    More recently, I've been using Premiere, a bit of Twixtor tinkering in After Effects, and the new Final Cut Pro X.

    It does get loud with the fans, but I don't think it will take as much of a beating as a Mac Pro, which has more than adequate cooling.

    Conclusion, buy AppleCare (or put it on home insurance), and push it. In the UK a logic board replacement is £500+... AppleCare was £239

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